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Week Twenty-four Overview

Speaking the truth to a wayward loved one is risky business.  Those who harden their hearts against the truth often execute retaliation of varying degrees against the truth-teller (silence, shunning, shaming, slander, and even murder). Jesus singles out the role of prophets (Truth-tellers) when He rebukes the scribes and Pharisees for their rejection of truth-tellers and the truth that they tell, “That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 16, 2019
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Divided Kingdom Era Chart

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Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 9, 2019
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Week Twenty-three Overview

Both Jeroboam and Rehoboam seek the counsel of others as they face a decision regarding their kingdoms.   When Rehoboam’s followers request tax relief, Rehoboam seeks advice from two groups of people. The elders who advised his father counsel Rehoboam to heed the people and lighten their tax load, while the young men who had grown up with him advise him to add to their yoke. Rehoboam listens to the pride of his peers rather than the wisdom of the elders and creates a situation... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 9, 2019
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CBT on the Mission Field

  This Spring I had the privilege of traveling to Cambodia to take part in teaching a women’s conference. While this was not a CBT sanctioned event, the training I received through CBT enabled me to effectively teach my assigned lessons within the context of the metanarrative of the Bible. When teaching abroad, I believe it is crucial to incorporate the storyline of the Bible. Often in these situations, the Biblical foundation of participants attending is unknown, and the opportunity... Read More
Posted by Joel Strahan at Saturday, June 1, 2019
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A Testimony of CBT used in Church

The emphasis has been absolutely incredible!! Our people (in large measure) are staying with the readings. Weekly we find people discussing it, posting about their readings on social media, and engaging in Sunday school.  They have definitely struggled with Leviticus and Numbers… but we have tried to keep them on track through the sermons and Sunday School. We are emphasizing the redemptive thread on Wednesday nights and we have slowed down for the past 4 weeks and... Read More
Posted by Joel Strahan at Saturday, June 1, 2019
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Bell's Story: A testimony from Jeff Parker

 I arrived that morning to a homeless family, dad, mom and five kids camping in our church parking lot as if they were at a state park. Huddled together in a SUV which no doubt was as feeble as their chances of survival on the streets. In fact, I might not have noticed, had it not been for the children who poured out of the vehicle like kids at recess. Today they are housed, employed and an intricate part of an inner city church. However, that is not the story. No... Read More
Posted by Joel Strahan at Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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CBT in India

Hello Iva,  April 5-14 was a great success!  God was so kind to give us a total of 19 ladies to teach.  We left asking that they get together once a month to review them, and to be looking for someone they could teach them to.  One of the sweet ladies, Martha, after we had taught up to the Silent Era, went to her Bible study group and taught what she had learned that day.  Then the next week she taught them the rest of them.  What a blessing it was to our hearts... Read More
Posted by Joel Strahan at Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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Week Twenty-two Overview

Life outside of Eden is hard. Thorns in work. Brokenness in relationships. Personal dis-ease. Selfish lifestyles. Bad decisions relationally and financially. Moral, ethical, and demonic boobytraps.  Therefore, life outside of Eden requires a navigational system. God has not left us without such a mechanism. It is called wisdom. And wisdom is needed in speech, finances, relationships, charity, decision making, and in every area of life! The wisdom writer declares that wisdom is... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Monday, May 27, 2019
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Week Twenty-one Overview

When God calls Abraham into His story He promises to bless him and make his descendants a blessing to the nations, “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3). To whom God makes a promise He obligates His activity.  Abraham believes God and to him and his barren wife,... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Week Twenty Overview

Many of the psalms lack the internal evidence required to pinpoint their historical context. Therefore, the editors of the One Year Chronological Bible lump most of these psalms together. They all, however, do share the common thread of David’s psalms, that of a Sovereign God who acts with justice and mercy.  Throughout these psalms both David and the anonymous writers identify God as the LORD. This designation reveals the God of Israel as the God of history, the God who owns... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, May 17, 2019
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